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Atlanta Braves Shut Out San Diego Padres Behind Tim Hudson and the Long Ball

August 14th, 2012 at 11:43 PM
By Jonathan McCullough

Tim Hudson wasn't going to let the Atlanta Braves' previous two losses turn into a losing streak. Hudson pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings as the Braves claimed a 6-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.

Hudson gave up only two hits and a walk while striking out four batters in his outing. He was given an early 1-0 lead after Freddie Freeman drove in Michael Bourn on a groundout following Bourn's leadoff triple.

"It was a good night for us all the way around," Hudson said. "1-0 lead in the first, I was able to go out there and be aggressive. I had some pretty good plays made behind me, especially that one inning, leadoff base hit and a couple liner outs that got the game from swaying back in their favor. Little bit lucky right there on that end, but I felt pretty good. I felt like I made pretty good adjustments in between starts in the stretch. I feel like I'm making better pitches when I am in the stretch. That was my job this time in between starts was to make that adjustment."

Dan Uggla and Martin Prado showed off their power strokes. Uggla hit a solo homer in the bottom of the fifth inning to give the Braves a 2-0 lead. Prado gave the Braves a 6-0 lead and some breathing room with a three-run shot in the seventh inning.

"Little by little you see Danny getting an RBI single here, a home run, little by little we'll get him going again," manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Uggla. "It was nice to see that."

As for Prado, his overall season this year has been much stronger than last season, but his power has dipped a little. His home run Tuesday night was just his sixth of the season.

"I was concentrating so much on hitting homers last year that I was forgetting what brought me here, and what brought me here was hitting the ball the other way, moving the runner, doing the little things in baseball," Prado said of the change in his approach from last season. "That for me is more important than hitting homers. Tonight I put a good swing on the ball and concentrated on keeping my swing in the right path and I got a good pitch to hit and if I hit it out, that's fine. That's a plus for me. But I'm not thinking about homers…I'm more focused on helping the team win and not about my numbers."

Chipper Jones added two hits, including a double and an RBI single. Paul Janish, known primarily for his defense, also contributed two hits of his own.

Jonny Venters, Luis Avilan, and Craig Kimbrel each had scoreless outings out of the bullpen.

The Braves will send Paul Maholm (10-7, 3.50 ERA) to the mound against Edinson Volquez (7-8, 4.03 ERA) in the third game of this series against the Padres. The game will begin at 7:10 PM EDT in Atlanta.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Chipper Jones, Craig Kimbrel, Dan Uggla, Freddie Freeman, Martin Prado, Michael Bourn, MLB, Tim Hudson

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